Posts Covering Real Estate News

Low-Down Payment Loans Boosting U.S. Housing Starts

As demand surges, U.S. builders are starting more homes than during any period this decade. Mortgage rates are cheap and low downpayment loans are abundant.

NAHB: Builders Planning For Best Housing Market In 11 Years

Homebuilder confidence remains strong with the 2016 Housing Market halfway done. Builders are signaling to buyers that home prices will climb.

NAR: Existing Home Sales Count Is Best In Over 100 Months

May home sales were strong and home supply remains tight nationwide. Prices are rising. What low-down payment options do today's buyers have?

New Study: 12 Most Unaffordable U.S. Cities Are All In California

In Q1 2016, the Home Opportunity Index rose to 65.0%. However, this is only because mortgage rates remained low -- and buyers are happy that they did.

Will Homes Be Too Expensive For First-Time Buyers By 2017?

Home affordability rose last quarter because of ultra-low mortgage rates. But home prices are rising. Should you buy today, or wait for next year?

NAR: Today’s Homes Are Selling Super-Fast

Median Days on Market still ultra-low as homes sell in less than a week in many U.S. cities. "You snooze, you lose", as they say. Analysis and commentary.

NAR: 2016 Existing Home Sales Figures Best Since 2007

April home sales were strong and home supply remains tight nationwide. Prices are rising. What low-down payment options do today's buyers have?

NAHB: Builders See Best Housing Market In 11 Years

Homebuilder confidence remains strong with the 2016 Housing Market already underway. Builders are signaling to buyers that home prices will climb.

Low- And No-Down Payment Loans Boost Housing Starts Nationwide

As demand surges, U.S. builders are starting more homes than during any period this decade. Mortgage rates are cheap and low downpayment loans are abundant.

$165,000 To Move. $165,000 To Remodel. Choose Wisely

Selling a home and buying another comes with significant costs. Would it be better to build an addition onto your home?

Pocket Listing : Will You Get The Best Offer With A Private Sale?

Private, non-advertised home sales still happen. Should you let your agent market your home via a pocket listing?

5 Home Upgrades With The Highest Return On Investment

Home improvements are highly personal, but homeowners should consider whether the upgrades will command a higher price from future buyers.

What Would It Cost To Own These Famous TV Homes?

Television is often unrealistic, especially when it comes to the homes the characters live in. How much would it cost to live in these fictional residences?

Millennials Are In A Prime Position To Enter The Housing Market

Millennials are saving more than did previous generations. Their forward-looking tendencies are preparing them for homeownership.

“Divergent” Author Can Afford A Bigger Home Than Most Writers

Veronica Roth had no problem buying a million-dollar home in Chicago. How do less successful writers fare when buying a home in major literary centers?

Would College Students Rather Rent Or Buy A Home?

Today's mortgage programs make it possible for college students to buy a home. Still, most of them choose to enjoy the freedom of renting.

NAR: Home Sales Surging, Spring Housing Market Strong

For the 23nd straight month, the Pending Home Sales Index bested its benchmark reading of 100. It's no wonder home prices continue to rise nationwide.

Young Buyers Take A “Job-Centric” Approach To Home Buying

Young adults are shopping for homes where they are likely to find a job as well. Low mortgage rates make it easier to afford homes in employment-rich areas.

How To Plan For These Costs You Didn’t Have As A Renter

You can estimate the additional costs of owning a home and budget accordingly to ensure an enjoyable homeownership experience.

Case-Shiller Index: Typical U.S. Home Price Rises 36.3% Since 2012

Case-Shiller Index reports home values up more than 36% since 2012. How valid is the data, though? Portland and Seattle lead the pack. Chicago and Washington, D.C. lag.

2016 Conforming, FHA, & VA Loan Limits

Mortgage loan limits for every U.S. county, as published by Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)